Matheran Heritage Train
Matheran Heritage Train (Photo Courtesy: Kuldeep Thind)
Matheran (2500 ft asl) is one of the off-beat hill station at about 100 kms from Mumbai / Pune. Matheran is where time stands still. It is the only hill station in India where car or any kind of vehicle is not allowed entrance.
A Heritage train operating from base town Neral (10 kms) is the only way where one can reach straight to Matheran town center.
The Heritage train is one of the four operating in India (Other three being Darjeeling (West Bengal), Nilgiris (Ooty) and Shimla (Himachal Pradesh)).
Matheran heritage was the preferred route for travelers earlier to visit Matheran. Today, it’s less of a transportation medium and more of an experience and therefore recommended mainly for experiential travelers.
Neral – Matheran route has two trains in a day (One around noon and one in evening). From check in time at the hotels one around noon is preferred. Neral is connected to Mumbai via Suburban rail route (CST – Karjat route) and therefore guests traveling via heritage train most often arrive via Suburban rail route and connect to Matheran via the heritage train.
Matheran Heritage train remains closed during Monsoon (June - Sept).